Stephanie Silverman, Stephanie, December discussed on All Things Considered
Did. But we are. It turns out smack dab in the middle of cinema Week 2021 movie theaters and industry groups getting together to promote the culture of movie going. Now that we can. Stephanie Silverman is the executive director of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. Also, she is one of the 10 people we have been following in our series, the United States of work. Well, well, well. Stephanie Silverman as I live and breathe Well, hello, Kyra. Stall. Nice to hear your voice again. Good to talk to you, too. How are you? Have you been? You know, pretty good. All in all, um, you know, still still on the covid roller coaster. But, um, it's a good new phase. I think starting to work our way back to some sense of normalcy. You are open in person. Yes, I can go see a movie. Next time I come to Nashville. You can every single day of the week. Uh, it's been good. We reopened officially on April 23rd. So it's been a few weeks now. So what's it like on a Friday night? I mean, are there crowds and lines of their people eating Bob corn and all that good stuff? There are definitely people eating popcorn. Um, crowds. It's very inconsistent. I would just say right now. It's been interesting to us as we watch sort of what people are coming to. You know, we have a sold out screening of the film Children of Men tonight, Right in the middle of the week. A movie that is has been out in the world for a long time. But we have a speaker and a bunch of other stuff around it, and that's sold out for us is at 50% capacity, of course, right now, But you know some of the other stuff some of the new release stuff that also might have a life on another streaming platforms say. It's lower so time for some heavy curation to to really find the right mix. This is a little touchy failure than I usually get. But people missed you clearly. Yeah, they did, and we missed them. It's been pretty great to be back, and especially for our regular, you know, to see our regulars to see people's just standing in the lobby, talking about movies after a movie. It's powerful. It's it's and it's really rewarding honestly. Yeah, and and validating right in terms of what you do, right? We talked about this before you're you're a mission driven person in the mission driven organization. But even a mission driven organization needs money. Last time we had John We talked about the shuttered venue operators grant and how you were kind of hanging fire on that and trying to get some money. And where does that stand? Well, our application did move from submitted to under review yesterday, which is good. Of course, the applications have been in for over nine weeks now, so we're still waiting, and this money was legislatively authorized in December, so The gift of the support. It was really like a light at the end of the tunnel, but the process has been, um I will just say maddening is the kindest word I can use to describe it right now. Um, do you think you're out of the woods? You know, I do think we are. I think the sort of the rough sea things ahead of us are just getting people used to being in a space like a theater again. And part of it, I think is just like the rapid nous of change. So I just I think we're just in the re learning process and theaters are kind of at that at that. The end of the tail sort of, um Yeah, And then you know, we're we are still working through what was, um, a pandemic release model for new movies Right, which was screaming and maybe in the four theaters that were open in the country. Um, so that's the That's the structural changes question right? Because there are clearly structural changes coming to your industry and how you can deal with that. Well, we've always been pretty good at navigating these things, uh, through the way we program frankly, just by directly marketing movies to audiences in a way that's different from the larger national model. But I also know that there, you know, I think maybe even our distributor friends are going to learn some lessons about just going straight to streaming and how many people actually see that wonderful filmmakers movie if they don't give it the kind of exhibition first release whether those windows stay open as long as they used to, I don't know, but there's I still really feel that what we do In movie world is something different for that piece of work. Then what happens when it's on in TV world in your house? Yeah. Stephanie Silverman. She's the executive director of the Belcourt Theatre there in Nashville, Tennessee. Trying to get by trying to get back is what they're doing, Stephanie. Thanks a lot. It's really good to talk to you again. Thanks, Kai. It's really good to talk to you to do. Okay back to real estate here for just a second because it matters, right? We have told you I can't count. How many times including.